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Dragons that spend most of their time sleeping, and may even act lazily when up and awake.

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Proposed By:
Twitters001 on Sep 22nd 2017 at 7:39:12 AM
Last Edited By:
ScroogeMacDuck on Sep 27th 2017 at 3:43:29 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

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Awww. Sleeping like a little hatchling.
A lot of dragons in fiction are lazy creatures who don't do much apart from guarding their hoards.

This typically translates into a sleeping dragon who has been slumbering from millenia (though he will probably get woken up during the plot's unfolding, and that's probably bad news). Their long (sometimes millenia-long) sleep may be handwaved as dragons being so long-lived that a century-long nap is a reasonable hibernation time for them.

On the other hand, more comedic examples will take full advantage of the comedic potential of these gigantic hellbeasts acting like grouchy old men who never want to go out.

May be based on the Truth in Television that snakes (on whom the earlier European dragons were based) and, indeed, most reptiles, are prone to laying down for hours on end.

Naturally a subtrope of Our Dragons Are Different. Often combined with Orcus on His Throne and All-Powerful Bystander, depending on the power level, intelligence and general monstrosity of dragons in the setting.


Examples

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    Comic Books 
  • Saga: When Gwendolyn, Sophia, and Lying Cat travel to the planet Demimonde… NSFW': …in search of dragon spunk (long story), they find the last male dragon not just constantly lounging, but... auto-fellating.

    Film (Live-Action) 
  • In his later, more heroic film appearances, Godzilla often had to be convinced to bother saving the planet from the Monster of the Week.

    Literature 
  • Teriarch in The Wandering Inn is quite lazy, preferring to contact his sole human friend, Lady Reinhart, through spells rather than actually visiting her. He does offer to fly to Magnolia's manor when he learns she is in danger (she's actually safe, and makes fun of the very idea he'd get out and do something), but retracts it as soon as he learns she's in no imminent peril.
  • In Harry Potter, Hogwarts School's Canis Latinicus motto translates as "Don't tickle a sleeping dragon", alluding to the idea of long-slumbering dragons who may turn fierce when woken up but are safe otherwise. However, nothing references this trope with the dragons actually seen in the books later on.
  • In the second part of Beowulf, the dragon Beowulf had to face is described as having been sleeping on its hoard within its lair, only awakening when a thief snuck inside and stole a goblet from its treasure.
  • The Hobbit's Smaug appears to have simply been sitting on his gold for an exceedingly long time until he is enraged by Bilbo stealing from him and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge (all of this is presumably in allusion to the Beowulf example above).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons. In 1st Edition Advanced D&D, all dragons encountered inside their lairs had a percentage chance of being discovered while asleep. This ranged from a low of 5% for Bahamut the Platinum Dragon to a high of 60% for a white dragon.

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    Webcomics 

    Western Animation 
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a dragon only poses a passive threat because of the smoke it breathes out while sleeping. Not even quakes on the mountain it nests in are enough to wake it.
  • The Tom and Jerry Nutcracker feature film has a sequence where Tom finds himself in a cave inhabited by numerous sleeping dragons (whom he naturally wakes up to disastrous effect).

Feedback: 14 replies

Sep 23rd 2017 at 3:19:47 AM

  • In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, a dragon only poses a passive threat because of the smoke it breathes out while sleeping. Not even quakes on the mountain it nests in are enough to wake it.

Sep 23rd 2017 at 12:42:10 PM

Needs some more Wiki Magic. I mean, there are bound to be tons of examples of long-slumbering dragons…

Sep 23rd 2017 at 12:46:31 PM

Two examples for you!

Video Games

Webcomics

  • The webcomic Slack Wyrm centers around this trope. It features a lazy Villain Protagonist dragon who often takes advantage of the nearby villagers and other characters.

Sep 23rd 2017 at 3:29:26 PM

Well, gentlemen, I think we have ourselves a fine trope. Some more examples may come along, but if anyone reading this could consider dropping a hat or two…

Sep 23rd 2017 at 4:02:24 PM

  • Beowulf: In the second part of the poem, the dragon Beowulf had to face is described as having been sleeping on its hoard within its lair, only awakening when a thief snuck inside and stole a goblet from its treasure.

Sep 24th 2017 at 1:28:26 AM

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons And Dragons. In 1st Edition Advanced D&D, all dragons encountered inside their lairs had a percentage chance of being discovered while asleep. This ranged from a low of 5% for Bahamut the Platinum Dragon to a high of 60% for a white dragon.

Sep 24th 2017 at 6:28:41 AM

The title sounds like Dragon Their Feet, an unfortunate and probably unavoidable coincidence.

Sep 24th 2017 at 6:54:33 AM

It just occurred to me, this needs a [[foldercontrol]] tab.

Sep 24th 2017 at 1:19:53 PM

  • Saga: When Gwendolyn, Sophia, and Lying Cat travel to the planet Demimonde in search of dragon spunk (long story), they find the last male dragon not just constantly lounging, but... auto-fellating.

Sep 24th 2017 at 2:47:23 PM

Sep 26th 2017 at 4:00:26 AM

…hum, it *has* been three days, more than that even. Why is there no launch button?

Sep 26th 2017 at 9:15:02 AM

The launch button is perfectly visible, as far as I can see.

Sep 26th 2017 at 12:28:05 PM

This could be a Sister Trope to Orcus On His Throne and All Powerful Bystander, depending on the power level and general monstrosity of dragons in the setting. Also related to Time Dissonance. Overall, though, this looks pretty launchable.

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